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One Week (And Almost Five Pounds) Down

Last week I announced that I was giving up carbs for six weeks. Some people who know me well were shocked. Some people who don’t know me well skimmed the post, totally missed why I was doing this, and gave me lots of dieting advice, so I also wrote this. Now that my first week […]


I Knew There Would Be Misunderstandings

I knew, no matter how carefully I explained why I was giving up carbs, that there would be misunderstandings. I knew that people would give me diet advice and tell me why giving up carbs was a bad idea. Even the awesome people who told me how great it worked for them and gave me […]


I’m Giving Up Bread, Pasta, And Potatoes

  No, it’s not April Fool’s Day, although I can imagine some of you think this is a joke headline. I am actually giving up bread, pasta, and potatoes for six weeks. Also gone are butternut squash, peas, corn, milk, yogurt, chickpeas, every bean except for green beans, and chocolate. Well, all desserts I guess […]


New FitBit App For Windows Phone

Sometimes you write a post knowing that it will have broad appeal. Other times… I’m guessing there are roughly three people in the middle of this Venn diagram. This post is for you. Honestly, I could have added another circle to that diagram to reduce the number of interested readers even more: people who have […]


Will A FitBit Change Your Life?

I bought a FitBit Flex about a month ago. I seemed to be the only person I knew who wasn’t walking around with some kind of tracker on, so now I’ve joined the club. I’m not doing the FastDiet right now and not training for any races until the end of the  month, so I […]


Thigh Gap For Chubby Women

If you pay attention to vapid twenty-somethings, you might have heard of the quest for “thigh gap,” which is basically the space between your thighs when you’re standing with your feet together. But that’s not what I’m talking about. If you’ve got some meat on your bones, you know what it feels like to leave […]


My FastDiet Winter Slump

I haven’t written about the FastDiet in a while, mostly because there was nothing to write about. In fact, the last time was way back in September. So what’s been happening since then? Nothing. And it’s been a little frustrating, to be honest. When I last wrote about the FastDiet I’d been doing it for […]

Exercising And FastDiet Days

I’ve been doing the FastDiet for about six months now, and I’m still going strong. But one thing I didn’t do all summer was exercise. I just took the summer off. Sure, I went on a big bike ride with my husband, and I walked a freaking marathon, but that was pretty much it – […]

Still On The Fence About The FastDiet? Here’s Some Motivation

[As always: I’m not a doctor. I’m not a nutritionist. I’m not responsible for what happens to you. I’m simply sharing what has worked for me.] Those of you who know me know that my weight has gone up and down over the past ten years. I try a new eating plan, I do great […]

FastDiet Update: Week 20

Today I start week twenty of the FastDiet, also called the 5/2 Diet. In this post, back in March, I outlined my plan. I weighed myself about a week ago, and so far I’ve lost 21 pounds! I feel fantastic, and I’m wearing clothes that haven’t fit me in a decade. I get a ton […]